Senators: Allow feds to keep guns from people deemed threat

From left, Kimberly Bose, of Alexandria, Va., whose son Joseph Bose was killed by gun violence in 2015, Hank Stawinski, police chief of the Prince George's County Police Department in suburban Washington, is greeted by Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., and Sen. Richard Blumenthal, D-Conn., during an event sponsored by Senate Democrats on protecting children from gun violence, at the Capitol in Washington, Wednesday, March 7, 2018. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

WASHINGTON (AP) — Senators are proposing to let federal courts keep guns away from people who show warning signs of violence.

It’s the latest response by lawmakers from both parties to the deadly school shooting in Florida.

Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham of South Carolina and Democrat Richard Blumenthal of Connecticut say it’s a common-sense proposal to save lives.

At a news conference Thursday, Graham said the government encourages people who see something suspicious to “say something” to authorities. He says the government has a responsibility to “do something” to prevent gun violence.

The bill is modeled on state “red flag laws” that let officials take guns away from people who are judged to pose an imminent danger to themselves or others. Graham says a federal bill would fill gaps in state laws. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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